Story by U.S. Coast Guard,
7th District Public Affairs
BRUNSWICK, GA - Coast Guard saves Brunswick fishermen after
boat capsizes JACKSONVILLE, Fla., -- At Coast Guard Air Station
Savannah, Ga., rescue crew hoisted two Brunswick, Ga. fishermen to
safety 10:45 p.m. Thursday after their 17-foot vessel capsized during a
fishing trip in the Altamaha River, near Brunswick, Ga.
Roger Green, 56, and Donald Aspinwall, 48, left from the Champney River
boat ramp to fish in Buttermilk Sound and were suppose to return by
dark. Green's wife called the Glynn County Police Department and
the police department notified Coast Guard Station Brunswick that the
two men were missing. Coast Guard and Georgia Department of
Natural Resource's rescue crews began searching for the two men in
Buttermilk Sound. A rescue helicopter crew from the Air Station
Savannah also joined in the search efforts.
Within minutes, the helicopter crew located the two men. The
rescue crews from the Coast Guard and Georgia DNR were unable to reach
the men because of shallow waters but could hear the Brunswick men
yelling for help. The
HU-65 Dolphin helicopter crew lowered a
rescue basket to the men and hoisted them safely into the aircraft.
The survivors were then flown to Malcolm McKinnon Airport, Ga.
Both men are reported to be in good condition but were turned over to
awaiting local Emergency Medical Technicians.
Because Green knew to leave a float plan with his wife, the Coast Guard,
Georgia DNR and the Glynn County Police were able to work together and
quickly find the two fishermen. The Coast Guard urges all boaters
to keep proper safety equipment on board their vessel.